Ekaterina Yanova explores the imperceptible movements of our bodies

Ekaterina Yanova Micro Movements C41magazine Photography 2

Ekaterina Yanova is an artist working in the field of photography. She currently lives and works in Moscow.

In her photographic practice she explores the image of the modern man who experiences emotional instability. She analyzes the nature of collective sensory experience, revolving around truthfulness and fiction in images.

About Micro-Movements – words by Ekaterina Yanova:

Micro-Movements is a photographic series, which explores the unconscious actions that recur with . The main question posed is whether the movement is an integral part of a personality or an element that distorts it, drawing too much attention from the outside world. I became fascinated by the topic of micro-movements, which came from my personal experience. Later on, I started noticing similar micro-movements with other people. When starting the project, I surveyed people I know and those I’m not familiar with, questioning whether they unconsciously make any movements or small body manipulations.

Unexpectedly for me, this topic had a very good response and aroused a sincere interest with a large number of respondents. Often, movements are repeated, many bite their lips, scratch the bridge of their nose, bite the skin around their fingers, roll up their pupils, rub the earlobe, pinch their nose, rub their eyes, crack their bones. But there were also rare movements, such as the hypertrophied opening of the mouth, as when a person has plugged ears; systematic patting on clothes, checking if it’s in place; movements following certain professional activities that become an everyday movement. For example, to relax leg muscles, many dancers rhythmically knock their heels on the floor, but after completing working in their profession, the habit doesn’t go away, it stays.

This project turned out to be something bigger and more important than it was originally planned. I heard various personal stories, thoughts about perception of the external world and oneself in it, about the search for behavior with one’s body. And to some extent, I started to feel more free and confident.

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29 November 2021
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